Bernat Vivancos : a search for a spirituality


The musical personality of Bernat Vivancos (Barcelona, ​​1973) is marked by the impressions received during his school years at the Monastery of Montserrat, by some reckonings the oldest existing music conservatory in the Western world.  Singing, indispensable for all good musicians, has been of great importance in his career. Returning to Barcelona, Vivancos studied piano with Maria Canals and Raquel Millàs at the Ars Nova Music School, graduating with a first degree from the Conservatory of Barcelona.

After Barcelona, he moved to Paris for five years to study composition at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris -center for avant-garde European music-, with professors Guy Reibel, Frédéric Durieux, Marc-André Dalbavie, where he graduated in Composition, Orchestration and Analysis.

Vivancos2The year of 2000 became a turning point in his career, he discovered the music of Norwegian composer Lasse Thoresen, and moved to Oslo to broaden his studies there, in fact, this will mark his musical directions and future work. Thereafter Vivancos style incorporates elements that make his work a unique proposal: a music sound rich of color and textural, modal music converge on Western tradition and the search for a spirituality based on a Spectral harmonic inspiration. These two fundamental aspects represent the strong influence of the nature of Vivancos ‘s work: nature as root and soil, symbol of tradition, but also as a presence that manifests itself consistently in the physical properties of sound.

Vivancos3Since 2003 he is professor of Composition and Orchestration in the Catalonia College of Music (ESMUC) a post he combines with his research activities in the field composition, and the request to participate as member of the jury in international orchestration and composition competitions. From 2007 to 2014 he served as the music director of the Choir of Montserrat. During 2014-2015 he was Composer on Residence, shared with Arvo Pärt, in Palau de la Música Catalana (Barcelona).

He has published several CDs, among which stand out “Blanc” (2011) (doubly rewarded by critics as the best album of 2011), and “Requiem” (2015), both recorded by the famous Latvian Radio Choir conducted by Sigvard Klava (Neu Records).

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